Frozen Fun

Mayfield hosts its annual Community Winter Carnival

Kinlee, 2, gets a ride from her dad, Mark Savoie of Mayfield, at the annual Community Winter Carnival at Mayfield Lake Saturday. Savoie said he takes her and his son, Brodie, 7, fishing at the event every year. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

MAYFIELD — Six-year-old Kendyl Conyne of Mayfield likes to dance, but Saturday she played ice hockey using a ball with her brother, Landon, 8, at the annual Community Winter Carnival at Mayfield Lake.

But she appreciated the similarities between the two activities. “It’s kind of like when you slip, you do a split,” she said.

Plenty of events were going on to keep adults and youngsters busy.

Richard Kohn of Gloversville said he likes to ice-fish yearly with his sons–Connor, who is 10 now, and Austin, 6.

He and Connor were using an auger to cut holes in the ice, which was reportedly up to 24 inches deep, not counting about a foot of snow over that. Austin was in charge of the bait.

Brenda Van Every gives Elyssa Van Every, 11, a snowmobile ride at the annual Community Winter Carnival at Mayfield Lake Saturday. The snow-covered ice was reportedly 24 inches thick. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

“It gets the boys out of the house into the air,” Kohn said. “It’s a little father-son bonding.”

“It teaches them where their food comes from.”

Mark Savoie of Mayfield also takes Kinlee, 2, and Brodie, 7, fishing every year.

Brenda Van Every of Mayfield took Elyssa, 11, for a snowmobile ride. “It gets them off the computer,” she said.

Dan Urkevich of Mechanicville was shoveling out a lane for children to bowl with roundish frozen chickens.

Elyssa Van Every won first place in ice fishing in the pickerel category for a fish of 25 and 1/8 inches. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Sophie Willi of Ballston Lake didn’t throw with a lot of force, but her mom, Kim, and Aunt Kim Benson did much better–knocking down all the pins at least once.

“All the games are great,” said Willi.

Nick Hyatt, 11, of Esperance repeatedly hurled a football into or at holes designed to be targets.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. men, women and children could compete at throwing frying pans the longest distance. Tiffany McSpirit of Mayfield took a fling at it because “my kids harassed me to do it.”

A cardboard derby for kids up to 12 years old began at 12:15 p.m., and prizes were given for the most original, most creative, and traveling the farthest. Broom ball was also held.

Landon Conyne, 8, left, and his sister, Kendyl, 6, compete in ice hockey, one of the games for youths at the annual Community Winter Carnival at Mayfield Lake Saturday. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Elyssa Van Every won in the pickerel category with a fish 25 1/8 inches long, according to Lou Stutzke, who ran the ice-fishing contest.

Sophie Willi of Ballston Lake tosses a frozen chicken in a bowling game at the annual Community Winter Carnival at Mayfield Lake Saturday. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

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